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Offline Meghan

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Would like some advice...
« on: November 27, 2002, 11:55:25 PM »
Hey everyone :)

My name is Meghan, and this is actually my first time at this board.. I'm hoping someone here will be able to give me some advice.. I live in a somewhat small town and there are not many doctors, especially those that specialize in knee problems..
Anyway, my knee has been giving me some trouble since last winter.. While jogging, I made a sharp turn and my foot was one the ground while the rest of my leg twisted the other way.. I was initially in a lot of pain and felt my knee sort of pop.. My kneecap looked like it was sort of moved to the side, but I think it popped back in place.. I went to the doctor and he wrapped it in an elastic bandage, gave me crutches, and told me to come back in a few days to follow up.. When I came back I was able to walk on it a little bit so I stopped using the crutches..
About two weeks later, I was walking down the stairs and my knee completely gave out on me.. Fortunately, I only had two more steps but I slammed my knee against the ground..
I went back to the doctor again and he moved my knee around and said, "Oh you might have either a knee sprain or a subluxation (sp?) or torn ligaments. I can't really tell, but in any case, it will be the same treatment" and gave me an immobilizer. After I got put off the immobilizer, he told me that I needed to wear a knee brace 24 hours a day except when I shower for the next three months and to not do any physical activities. I think he just got sick of seeing me. I had heard from a lot of people that being that dependent on a brace can give you even more problems, so I stopped using it..
Consequently, I've injured my knee four more times in the past year and I'm tired of going to the doctors and getting the same response. I'm sure even you guys would be able to diagnose me better than my doctor who is able to see me in person. I am not sure what to do at this point.. If anyone has any advice, please email me or send a response.. For everyone that has read my post, I really appreciate it. Thanks a lot..
Love,
Meghan

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Re: Would like some advice...
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2002, 02:17:19 AM »
Meghan,
You "kneed"  ;D to see an Orthopaedic surgeon or at least like a sport medicine specialist as that "pop" you heard can be a sign of ACL tear/injury as can the giving way and falling thing (I do this too OUCH).
I have been in a brace for quite a while and my bit is if it prevents FURTHER injury it is worth it, just make sure you do those exercises A LOT to stop "quad loss" etc..
ACL's also tendo to tear in that situation ( foot planted and turning That is how I did mine the first time (sort of))
If it is the ACL than you really need to get it looked at as surgery maybe be needed to repair it (an ACL reconstruction otherwise known as a knee reconstruction).
Hope this helps
2 ACL 'reco's', 3 'scopes', Pain, JRA, EDS, RSD, CMP, osetochondral defect & #, synovitis, adhesions, nerve damage, foot drop, MCL damage, tendonitis, fibrosis, ligament damage AGAIN, dislocations +++

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Re: Would like some advice...
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2002, 06:41:00 AM »
Hi Meghan, welcome to the forum. You're in good company here, alot of us stuggle to find out what's wrong with our knee's. You may or may not have a ACL injury but there are at least  2 ways to find out. 1. A MRI test. 2. A diagnostic arthroscopic surgery. The Dr. must have done a Lachman's test, that tell's them how much joint laxity you have. Not all ACL injuries need surgery.  What about physical therapy? Get a complete copy of your records from your Dr. It helps to know more of what he thinks. Next time though if your Dr. says to wear the brace or whatever he says DO IT! Do you have any OS's in your area? If not how close is one? Be glad to help any way I can, Theresa.
L ACL Recon. L lat. meniscus tear 1991, R Dislocated 1996, R ACL partial tear, MCL tear 08/01, R Chondroplasty 2/14/02, R Lateral Release-Medial Reefing-Chondroplasty 12/3/02.

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Re: Would like some advice...
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2002, 05:23:13 PM »
Thanks for the replies, Shaz & Taz..  :) The closest thing around (maybe 45min-1 hr away) is an urgent care place.. I called them today and I'm going to get it checked out on Mon.. I'll let you guys know how it goes.. Thanks again!
<3 Meghan